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are some of the day's major stories. now, back to judy. >> woodruff: when former national security agency contractor edward snowden leaked classified documents to the press in may, he revealed extensive u.s. spying operations carried out on enemies and allies alike. last week, the "washington post" published a detailed account of the so called "black budget," money the u.s. government spends on spy operations. it was also revealed that u.s. intelligence agencies have been reading the personal emails of the presidents of mexico and brazil. at his press conference with the swedish prime minister in stockholm today, president obama denied that the u.s. was eavesdropping. >> i can give assurances to the publics in europe and around the world that we're not going around snooping at people's e-mails or listening to their phone calls. what we try to do is to target very specifically areas of concern. and there may be situations in which we're gathering information just because we can, but that doesn't help with us our national security, but does raise questions in terms of whether we're tipping
by the national security agency or n.s.a. and like other disclosures, the latest information comes from documents provided by former n.s.a. contractor edward snowden. in this case, the reporting was done by a partnership of "the new york times," pro-publica and "the guardian." reporters found the n.s.a. is able to crack through encryption or protective encoding tools that are used by businesses, banks, social media and other kinds of online commerce. for example, it's often assumed that when you purchase a product online or bank online with a secured and locked h.t.t.p.s. connection, you have protected your password and financial information. but the news reports say the n.s.a. can unlock that information. nicole perlroth is a cybersecurity reporter with "the new york times." she joins us from san franciso. so, nicole, how significant is this? >> this is huge. this was the last bastion of privacy on the internet and what we've discovered is that the last few decades, the n.s.a. has been actively working to crack or circumvent the incontraception technologies we all use, not just for internet bank
Search Results 0 to 6 of about 7 (some duplicates have been removed)